It's not exactly a surprise these days to see Meryl Streep sing on film – after all, we've seen her warble in the likes of Mamma Mia! (2008) and Into The Woods (2014) – but Ricki And The Flash allows her to channel her inner Stevie Nicks or Nancy Wilson for a rock 'n' roll story of a mother reconnecting with her family.
With a script by Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno), Ricki And The Flash is the story of a rocker who essentially gave up everything for her chance at musical stardom. She is used to a life on the road, but when her long-suffering ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) calls to say their daughter Julie (Streep's real life daughter Mamie Gummer) has been jilted by her fiancé, she is forced to confront the realities of the family she left behind. Naturally, there is a little re-bonding to be done.
Streep certainly looks like she is having fun in this one, even if the trailer errs on the side of giving a little too much away. The film also features Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) and Rick Springfield (13 Going On 30), who has some experience with music himself. And given that Streep performs a couple of original songs herself, perhaps she is looking to conquer the Grammy Awards and inch closer to EGOT status, having already bagged Oscars and Emmys?
Ricki And The Flash will crowd surf its way to our screens on 7 August.